2009/9/30 Clytie Siddall email@example.com:
Hi guys :)
I've reappeared out of the brain fog  and need to catch up on Mailman translation.
Welcome back :-)
Although I'm delighted that Launchpad has finally moved to open source, I still have some reservations about using it. I'd personally prefer to use Pootle, or grab the latest file from bzr.
However, the use of Launchpad means, especially with my intermittent capabilities, that I need to be able to check if anyone else has started contributing Vietnamese strings to Mailman. It's important that translators don't duplicate work, and that can happen, say, with one translating offline, and one using Launchpad.
Launchpad allows controling who uploads and submits translations through a permissions system similar to Pootle, but with a slightly different implementation.
As mentioned in the previous e-mails, translation groups  and translation teams   are the basis of this system. In the case of Mailman, there is a Mailman Translators group already:
This group will be a "container" for translation teams appointed by the Mailman developers to translate Mailman in each particular language. As such, I'm probably guessing you'll be both the owner (in Launchpad jargon, basically the one who created the group) and a member of the Vietnamese team. This will allow you to choose a subscription policy for the team and control who can join and submit translations.
Regarding duplicate work, it all boils down to who has permission to submit translations (i.e. the team's policy and who is a member of a team) and the communication within the team. As you see, it's not much different than other open source translation projects.
The only big difference is that Launchpad tries to lower the entry barrier to contributors and encourage a collaborative translation effort by allowing anyone with a Launchpad account to submit translation suggestions. These suggestions will not be used until a translation team member with permissions reviews them and either discards or accepts them.
Does Launchpad have an upload function with overwrite or merge options, like Pootle?
Yes. You can either translate online or upload files also through the web UI. When uploading, you can choose to overwrite all strings which changed in your PO file or simply add those for which there was no translations.
Here you can see how you can upload files in Launchpad, taking the Transmission project as an example:
(Of course, that's just the URL, you can navigate to that location through the UI)
If not, can we just commit translations via bzr, and they will be merged with the Launchpad files?
Yes, this is also possible (http://blog.launchpad.net/translations/import-translations-from-bazaar-branc...), but it has to be enabled in the project settings.
Meanwhile, I'll grab the latest vi.po from bzr and update it. :)
Vietnamese Free Software Translation Team
I hope this info helped.